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US study claims 8 percent of teen budgets spent on videogames

Posted: 14.04.2010 by Technet2k

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Investment firm Piper Jaffray has published results from a study on teen purchasing behaviour, and declare 8 percent goes to games.

That's US teen budgets anyway, who make up 35 percent of the US gaming populace. Around 900 students were quizzed across 12 cities.

Rumour: Ubi includes Project Natal in Ghost Recon: Future Soldier

Posted: 14.04.2010 by Technet2k

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Apparently the next Ghost Recon instalment will be flirting with some motion control for Xbox 360, including Project Natal in a special game mode.

The controller will be used for thumbstick movement while the other hand is free for motion. So far Ubi has offered "no comment" to the gossip.

Army of Two DLC fix coming "soon", says EA

Posted: 14.04.2010 by JustCommunication

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EA has confirmed that is hopes to fix the Army of Two: The 40th Day DLC problems "soon". The Chapters of Deceit add-on currently has faulty Achievements and Trophies.

SEGA: Alpha Protocol to use Uniloc DRM

Posted: 14.04.2010 by JustCommunication

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SEGA has confirmed that the PC version for it's up-coming spy-RPG Alpha Protocol will be using Uniloc DRM.

Not as infamous as say, SecuROM, but Unlioc never-the-less came under fire back in 2008 when Football Manager 2009 owners found they had trouble authenticating their game. SEGA had put that down to high-demand and a key printing hiccup however, and not the DRM itself.

GAME puts warnings on pre-owned titles

Posted: 14.04.2010 by JustCommunication

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UK retailer GAME has started putting warning logos on its pre-owned games, in response to the recent lawsuit brought against US-counterpart Gamestop.

The Lawsuit filed against Gamestop concerned what the plaintiff saw a false-advertisement, with the retailer not informing him that he couldn't access the DLC.

Gaming curfew in South Korea

Posted: 14.04.2010 by JustCommunication

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Here's an interesting one for you guys:

South Korea is imposing a 'game curfew' that will block online gaming after midnight.

Hamsterball coming to PSN

Posted: 14.04.2010 by JustCommunication

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Not exactly news, but it's a good idea to keep on top of new releases like this.

TikGames' Hamsterball title will be released on PlayStation Network tomorrow for 7.99/9.99.

Original Xbox Live to close tomorrow

Posted: 14.04.2010 by JustCommunication

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Fellow gamers, a moment's silence please.

As we reported back in February, Microsoft announced that they were going to be shutting down support for the original Xbox's Live service on April 15th...

Syndicate trademark spotted

Posted: 14.04.2010 by JustCommunication

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Starbreeze, that Swedish developer currently working with EA on a super-special-awesome project that is believed to be Syndicate, has just been caught filing a trademark for Syndicate. Three times.

All three filings were caught by Superannuation, as usual, and they seem to wipe clear any lingering doubts that the secret Starbreeze project that wasn't cancelled is in fact Syndicate.

Any questions?

Ubisoft fixes Conviction issues

Posted: 14.04.2010 by JustCommunication

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Rejoice minions! I mean... people!

Ubisoft has apparently resolved the issues with Splinter Cell: Conviction that caused the game to freeze during gameplay.

"The issue has been resolved, you should now be able to play without further problems," a spokesperson told Kotaku.

2k Games announces re-imagining of XCOM, exclusive to PC and Xbox 360

Posted: 14.04.2010 by JamieSI

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2K Games announced today that it's working on the re-imagining of XCOM, one of gaming's most beloved franchises. The game is currently in development at 2K Marin, the studio behind BioShock 2.

Exclusive to Xbox 360 and PC, XCOM combines the strategic core of the franchise with a suspense-filled narrative and first-person shooter experience.

Split/Second dev in charity go-kart "challenge" to rival UK studios

Posted: 13.04.2010 by Technet2k

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Game director Nick Baynes of Split/Second: Velocity has tentatively thrown down the gauntlet, saying these words: charity, go-kart, competition.

The UK dev is up for some real racing against his British counterparts from "Codemasters, Bizarre, Criterion and Black Rock" - if they're game.

Heavy Rain's downpour over 1 million, Quantic celebrate with trailer

Posted: 13.04.2010 by Technet2k

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Developer Quantic Dream and Sony announced that "thought-provoking" PS3 exclusive Heavy Rain has now sold over one million copies.

A new trailer has gone up to mark the occasion where they thank us a million, no really. It went on sale first in the US on February 23rd.

Online fees for Russian StarCraft II players, to counter cheap price

Posted: 13.04.2010 by Technet2k

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Activision plans to charge Russian gamers a monthly subscription fee for StarCraft II, with the game itself reportedly to sell a little cheaper.

It'll cost 999 ruble (EUR 25), and come with one-year playtime online, but not with European users. Jewel case copies are less with 120 days.

GAME slaps second-hand games with in-box DLC warning stickers

Posted: 13.04.2010 by Technet2k

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Not one to wait until a customer decides to sue them, retailer GAME has already started issuing warning stickers to second-hand game copies.

These apply only to those that promise free DLC when the game is purchased. EA's Project Ten Dollar offers bonus content for first-hand sales.

Kojima's mind already in "Next Title Mode," busy with Peace Walker

Posted: 13.04.2010 by Technet2k

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Hideo Kojima admits his mind has started to wander onto his next project, despite attempts to stay focused with Metal Gear Solid: Peace Walker.

The boss says he thinks on his next project "without noticing," and has even started "unconsciously smiling" with glee. Poor Kojima-san.

Epic Games open new digs in Japan April 15th, direct UE3 support

Posted: 13.04.2010 by Technet2k

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To provide better local assistance for Unreal Engine 3 licensees, Epic Games are throwing open doors to a brand new Japanese subsidiary.

Said doors fling ajar April 15th in Tokyo. Epic have offices in the US, Poland, Korea and China. Grasshopper Manufacture will be a guest.

Levine behind new "original title" claims L.A. Times, X-Com unlikely

Posted: 13.04.2010 by Technet2k

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Rumours of Ken Levine and studio 2K Boston developing a new X-Com title have been trampled on, if a piece by the L.A. Times holds true.

The BioShock creators are busy with a new original game that "could become another franchise." This conflicts with a slip from a devs CV.

Microsoft's pursuit of "more casual" titles killed Halo MMO project

Posted: 13.04.2010 by Technet2k

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Ex-Ensemble and Windstorm Studios founder and boss Dusty Monk has shed light on the 'Titan' project, the Halo MMO that was canned.

Some "changing of the guard" at Microsoft Game Studios altered their priorities, after seeing the major success of the Nintendo Wii.

EA: Respawn on Medal of Honor or Battlefield IP "not an option"

Posted: 13.04.2010 by Technet2k

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Frank Gibeau of EA Games has said Respawn Entertainment, founded by West and Zampella, won't be handling any existing EA IPs.

The ex-Infinity Ward bosses will be "pursuing their own IP." They're an EA Partners client and therefore have "no roles in those franchises."
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